New studio location

Posted in Uncategorized on September 2, 2014 by ricksmoak

We have relocated our studio! The new address is 1230 C Ave. West Columbia SC. It’s a great building and location much better suited for our clients.



Brig. Gen. Calvin H. Elam

Posted in Commercial Photography, Editorial, Portrait photography with tags , , , , , , on August 12, 2013 by ricksmoak
Brig. Gen. Calvin Elam

Brig. Gen. Calvin Elam

SC Air National Guard’s first African American general officer, Brig. Gen. Calvin Elam,  promoted in Jan 2013. This portrait was taken of Gen. Elam for South Carolina Living magazine and will be in the July issue of  magazine.

Commercial Architecture Photography Columbia SC

Posted in Architecture, Commercial Photography on May 7, 2013 by ricksmoak

Kiawah Island SC
Camens Architecture

Dusk Exterior Kiawah

Dusk Exterior Kiawah

Westcott Seven Foot Umbrella

Posted in Portrait photography with tags , , , , , on August 7, 2012 by ricksmoak

This is how we do location shoots in the south. Seven ft. Westcott umbrella, heavy duty stand, sandbags, Canon 5d mk2, Elinchrom Ranger, lovely assistant and of course beautiful model. This was shot at the Millstone Plantation just outside of Coumbia, SC.

One Light Glamour Head Shot

Posted in Portrait photography with tags , , , , on February 15, 2012 by ricksmoak

The shot below was created with a one light set up that works great for glamour style head shots. I just received several new Westcott 60″ white satin umbrellas with removable black cover. I used one umbrella without the black cover and a Dynalite head shooting thru the satin providing a large soft light source. The light was placed camera left  with the bottom of the umbrella about a foot above the camera. Then I used a roll of reflective mylar underneath in a U shaped curve for fill. I should have made one image with the model in place but didn’t, however below right is a shot of the set.  This is a very simple set up that works with studio strobes or portable units to give a very polished look.  The price of these light modifiers is very reasonable considering the quality of light you get. I never leave the studio without at least one of these umbrellas in my kit.

I have used the Westcott light modifiers for more than 20 years and have dragged them from Tampa to Pittsburg to Memphis. From construction sites to industrial shoots to corporate portraits. Here is a link to their products page.  You can find them at B&H photo and just about any photo retailer.

Interview with Raw and Tistan Judd

Posted in Commercial Photography, Portrait photography with tags , , , on August 2, 2011 by ricksmoak

The are quite a few interviews with different photographers from around the world here to check out, as well as other photography related stuff.

Seven Beautiful Sunrises In Seven Days

Posted in Fine Art Photography with tags , , , , , on August 1, 2011 by ricksmoak
Folly Beach 2011

Folly Beach Sunrise 7-16-11

It could be that I have a problem. As a professional photographer you would think that while on vacation at least, I might put the camera down for a few days. Maybe sleep in, lay in the sun, read a book, or ride my motorcycle;  I do have interests other than photography.  Oh but no, I shot almost two thousand images between my canon 5d mk 2 and iphone 4. Not only that, instead of sleeping in, I got up to shoot the sun rising seven straight days.

As much as I  dislike, hate is maybe a better word, dragging myself out of bed early I have never regretted the effort once I see the incredible dawn light. Still it’s amazing that every day there will be a beautiful sunrise and at the end of the day an equally beautiful sunset, and somehow that makes the stuff in between a little more enjoyable.

Here are seven of my favorite images from the sunrise shoots.